Opening windows or relying merely on electric fans to keep you cool during a hot day is often not enough. A good solution is an air conditioner.
There are so many brands and styles of air conditioning systems out there that it is not easy choosing which one is the right unit to get the job done – especially if you’re buying for the first time. So here are a few factors you need to consider to get you started:
Energy efficiency – Here is how energy ratings on air conditioners are calculated: the amount of energy produced by the unit divide by the amount of energy it takes in. The star energy rating tells how efficient an air conditioner is. Simply put, the more stars a unit has, the more energy efficient it is.
Size and Capacity – For airing one room or a specific area in the home, it is ideal to purchase split systems. For airing several rooms where there is limited space, multi-split systems are best. There is also the ducted system, which is ideal for anyone who wants their air conditioning system hidden in the roof space or subfloor of their home.
Air purification capability – Australians spend over 90% of the time indoors, so it is important that they breathed in good air quality. Aside from cooling and heating your home, split system air conditions are equipped with air purification capabilities. These systems have filters that act as sieves against dust particles and allergens in the air.
Noise levels – Noise levels should also be taken into consideration in your choice of air conditioner. Not only for your own insanity, but also for your neighbours. There are areas where outdoor units must comply with permitted noise levels, so ask your local council what the laws are to help you make the right purchasing decision.
Reliability, service and warranty – Choose a brand that offers a comprehensive warranty on parts and labour. This would ensure you’re covered if something goes wrong with your unit. You should also check the installation and ongoing services to go with your purchase. Talk to a professional about your specific heat and cooling requirements to make sure you purchase the right unit for your home – and it is properly installed.